In Bedlam: A Rake's Progress, Plate 8

 
Series
A Rake's Progress
Artist
Creation date
Materials
etching and engraving
Dimensions
12 1/4 x 15 1/8 in. (image) 17 1/4 x 23 in. (sheet)
Credit line
Gift of William George Sullivan
Accession number
30.978
Collection
Not Currently On View

The scene is the famous London asylum known as “Bedlam” (Bethlehem Hospital). It is populated by various madmen: a religious fanatic, a mad astronomer searching the heavens with a paper telescope, a tailor in a straw wig, a self-styled king, the self-proclaimed pope, and a mad musician. Tom Rakewell is comforted by the ever-faithful Sarah, while two fashionable ladies visit, as was popular sport in the 18th century.

William George Sullivan; given to the John Herron Art Institute, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art, in 1930.
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